“Don’t Look Back in Anger”
In one night, I lost five years of my life. Here’s what I know …
I was homeless.
I’m a recovering drug addict.
My inked skin crawls from lustful eyes.
I have a serious aversion to women.
My gay partner is a home wrecker.
I own a gun and I’m a damn good shot.
I’m a makeup artist, but it’s an insult to my talent.
I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati … until I met Darby.
Now here’s what I know since that day in the ER when she pieced me back together … nothing—but a few random thoughts.
My new “friend” is distracting, clingy, and obsessed with acronyms, emojis, and phrases like “breakfast soul mates.”
I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I’d drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do … is ever tell her that.
She doesn’t know me … I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me … I think I will hate me.
My parents named me Patrick Roth, and this is my story.
Only Trick so exceeded my expectations that I can not even express how wonderful it was, but I’ll try anyway. First of all, the blurb, while completely accurate and totally right for the book, really did not prepare me for how completely romantic, intelligently plotted and beautifully written this book was going to be. There were entire sections of the book that I kept returning to over and over because the beauty of the writing and the emotions expressed just wouldn’t leave me alone. This book was my favorite read of 2015 and is definitely a book I will re-read repeatedly whenever I need a fix of pure, unadulterated romance. I actually finished it several days ago and I keep it with me so I can continue to revisit my favorite parts, I bookmarked and highlighted the hell out of this book.
Trick (short for Patrick) is a phenomenal leading man. He’s beautiful, sexy, tattooed, cocky and just the right amount of alpha. He’s also romantic, protective and incredibly sweet, not to mention very intrigued by Darby. A surprising turn of events for him because of his usual aversion to woman. An aversion he doesn’t know the root cause of because it’s buried in his subconscious, hidden by amnesia that’s blocked his memory of a five year span of his life.
Darby was a great character. Smart, successful and independent, but plagued by lingering childhood insecurities, and an apparent inability to make friends and share close bonds with people.
Despite their hang ups, Darby and Trick form an unlikely friendship, which is absolutely delightful to watch. Their banter and interactions were so damn fun and funny. I laughed so much while reading this book, I’m not sure I’ve ever liked a friendship more than theirs. But of course, they can only be friends because Trick is gay and despite knowing this, Darby has a hell of a time convincing her heart and her body that they can’t be more.
Watching the twists and turns of their relationship, sharing the highs and lows and seeing them both come to grips with their reality and Trick’s past is an absolutely wonderful and heartbreaking experience. I laughed a ton, I sobbed like a baby, my heart pounded, my stomach dropped, my breath caught in my throat. This book was everything all rolled up into one gorgeous story. And the eloquence of the writing, the beauty of the language and the sentiments expressed are just beyond anything I’ve read in a long LONG time. Trick and Darby’s story will stay with me and I will be back to this book over and over.
An ARC of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.